Essex

Kite surfer Mark Paxton died after sea wall crash

Ray Creek Image copyright Terry Joyce / Geograph
Image caption Kite surfer Mark Paxton died at Ray Creek, which flows through Colne Point Nature Reserve in Essex

A kite surfer died after he smashed into a sea wall in high winds, an inquest has heard.

Mark Paxton was fatally injured in the incident at Ray Creek near St Osyth, in Essex, last month.

The married father-of-one died despite an hour-long battle to save his life by paramedics, lifeboat and air ambulance crews.

The 42-year-old, from Southend, suffered multiple injuries, the hearing in Chelmsford was told.

Coroner Caroline Beasley Murray said a "gust of wind took him into the seawall" during the kite surfing trip with friends on 21 February,

The inquest at Chelmsford Coroner's Court was adjourned until 14 April.

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